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6 Christmas tales...

by The Brigadier

A quirky collection of festive originals.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Santa Claus
3:14 $0.99
2. Christmas ain't just for kids...
3:25 $0.99
3. The day before Christmas
3:28 $0.99
4. The Christmas list
2:20 $0.99
5. Merry Christmas to me
4:23 $0.99
6. Yule Lullaby
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
After the success of his debut full length album 'View from the Bath' the Brigadier (Matt Williams) turns his hand to the festive season with this E.P., crafting a whimsical collection of sentimental and nostalgic pop songs about the many facets of Christmas.

This is the perfect E.P. for anyone you know who loves Christmas and wants an accompaniment whilst decorating that tree or wrapping those presents!

The Brigadiers influences include Queen, The Divine Comedy, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Nick Lowe and Led Zeppelin.



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Dave Mountain

6 Christmas tales...
I am a huge fan of The Brigadier's 'powerpop' music, and through his music, I have become a good friend of Matt Williams who is the man behind The Brigadier name, and what I like about this guys music is his use of his influences, of which there are many, and of which he effortlessly weaves and moulds into his own style and originality, a rare talent indeed! So it was no suprise to me when I heard this latest Brigadier cd masterpiece that I really enjoyed it, it was like listening to all the essences of past Christmas number ones (only the good ones I may add!) that as ever been wrote, and sung on Christmas day Top Of The Pops, essences which have all been neatly woven and ''Brigadiered'' into 6 wonderful tracks, except that with '6 Christmas Tales..' we are taken on a journey... most Christmas songs dont have many good things to say, usually too many obvious lyrics, sleighbells and obvious chord progressions, here though, words and music stand out very well, and we begin our journey here starting with 'Santa Claus' which is a jazzy themed track, a song of excitement and childhood suprises, which is reaffirmed and married well with the second track 'Christmas aint just for kids' which is a pop style song which to me sounds like a Christmas day from my childhood, dont ask me how or why..it just does! nice use of percussion, guitar and harmonies, which carrys on to the next track 'The day before Christmas' which could have been written by Ray Davies after a ride out in a Christmas lit London street, I love the fairground quality it enthuses into the listener, this song could also be sitting quite comfortably in the Christmas charts in my opinion.. a credit to Matt's abilities in songwriting as an artiste. 'The Christmas List' follows on with a similar theme, very Vaundeville in style, Matt gives us all a reality check with the lyrics in this track.. we all do what he sings about here every year! great guitar solo for good measure too, which follows on in 'Merry Christmas to me' our penultimate stop on The Brigadiers Christmas journey, a slow rock ballad, with great use of wordplay in this song, also great production, which is evident throughout all his music.. and again those famous harmonies...then there is our last stop, herewith the ultimate 'Yule Lullaby' which is my personal favourite, (if I was tortured into choosing one!) This track is superb, a rare Brigadier instrumental, of which I would be proud of writing, (being a new age composer) ..here, in my imagination, we are looking into a Yuletide Victorian toyshop window through the tearful saddened eyes of a poor waif, open jawed at what might be, an inspiration to do better with his/her life in their future, there is a lot of hope shining through in this track, which happens to round off the album perfectly..Christmas is all about hope isnt it? Do yourself a favour, dont just think about buying this cd, just buy it..you will be in for a great journey, a special Christmas experience well spent in the company of The Brigadier. Dave Mountain 2007.


Perfect Stocking Filler...
The Brigadier has done it again - with a bulging sack just ready to burst and shower us with wonderful Christmasy musical gifts. An essential addition to any music fan's list to Santa...


6 CHRISTMAS TALES really is a must !
In case you don't know, The Brigadier is Santa Claus and this album is the most wonderful gift every music lover can get. The music is as great as the artist. Excellent !


6 Christmas Tales
This is going to make a very refreshing change from the tired Christmas records that have been doing the rounds for the last 30 odd years. From snappy, concise songs to wistful instrumental passages, you've got the lot here. Goodbye Slade and Wizzard. . . and hello The Brigadier, highly recommended!

Terry S

6 Christmas tales
Santa Claus: The perfect Christmas Pop song - Great for radio. Yule Lullaby will draw you in to that special winter mood. Check out the other songs too - they all have the Matt Williams touch. an E.P. with something for every Christmas mood. Excellent!

Ben Oliver

A work of art...
This is great if you love Chistmas but are fed up with commercial tack.

Unlike so many modern Christmas discs, the songs are not at all sarcastic yet all completely original; I've never heard a Christmas album before which captures the spirit of the season and gives you a warm feeling inside, without a hint of Christmas cliché.


"That Special Christmas Feeling..."
"Havent got that special Christmas feeling yet???Well, hurry up..make sure you get " 6 Christmas tales" by The BRIGADIER as soon as possible and you will get there ...I promise!
This EP is a perfect mix of fresh pop tunes with that special BRIGADIER sound we - the fans - have come to love. All brilliantly wrapped in a warm, magic and Wintery feeling!Well done Matt!
By the way...dont forget to order a copy for all your loved ones too, this is a perfect Christmas gift to everyone that already has everything!!!Ho-Ho... "

simona Lopez

...i like this cd, songs have a delicate and involving sound that make you dream about the intimate feel of Christmas time...and the voice of The Brigadier is great as always!
I recommend everybody to buy this album!
Happy Christmas!!!
simona :)

Jane Ellen

A refreshing addition to your Christmas playlist!
Have you been frustrated by those "new" Christmas albums filled with standards but with a token new tune thrown in for good measure? Then it's time to pop this brilliant little six-song EP into your stereo! However once you do, be prepared to leave it there the entire season! 6 Christmas Tales contains six new songs by The Brigadier which are honest, warm, funny, poignant, and heart-breaking by turns. The last track, 'Yule Lullaby' is an incredibly evocative instrumental, and one of the most haunting pieces I've ever heard on a Christmas album. As with his first CD, these songs are multi-layered, and the lyrics (as well as the arrangements!) deserve repeated listening. If you only buy one new album this holiday season, this is the one to get.

Kelvin MacGregor

A Christmas cracker!
This cool Yuletide themed EP from The Brigadier is that rare gift that will make any stocking filler a fun surprise for anyone on Christmas day - cleverly crafted, super-catchy songs ranging from atmospheric moody ballads to infectious dance-floor fillers bursting with clap-happy beats and singalong choruses to shout out at any office Christmas party! This is the season to be jolly ... so wrap up this essential must-have CD in tons of tinsel! (Kelvin MacGregor is an award-nominated internationally published journalist. He has written for publications such as Empire, Elle and Cosmopolitan)